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Yokosuka Shipyard from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yokosuka Shipyard

No. 13 from the series 

Views of the Famous Sights of Japan

by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1896

Narita-san Shinshōji Temple from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan

IHL Cat. #1841

About This Print

Depicting the shipyards at Yokosuka on Tokyo Bay, this print, as marked in the lower left margin, is number thirteen of twenty-eight prints from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan (Nihon meishō zue) issued by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in 1896 and 1897.  (For additional information on this series see the article Views of the Famous Sights of Japan.)

Yokosuka Shipyards
Source: wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokosuka_Naval_Arsenal

The Yokosuka shipyards were located at Yokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture on Tokyo Bay, south of Yokohama.
In 1866, the Tokugawa shogunate government established the Yokosuka Seisakusho, a military arsenal and naval base, with the help of foreign engineers, including the French naval architect Léonce Verny. The new facility was intended to produce modern, western-style warships and equipment for the Tokugawa navy. The construction of the arsenal was an important first step for the modernization of Japan's industry. Modern buildings, an aqueduct, foundry, brick factories, technical schools to train Japanese technicians were established.

After the Boshin War and the Meiji Restoration, the new Meiji government took over control of the facility in 1871, renaming it the Yokosuka Zosenjo (Yokosuka Shipyards). The first dry dock was opened in 1871, and is still in operation today. Japan's first domestically produced warship, Saiki, was completed the same year.  

The Yokosuka Naval District was established at Yokosuka, Kanagawa in 1884, as the first of the naval districts responsible for the defense of the Japanese home islands, and the Yokosuka Shipyards was renamed the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal in 1903. 

early photo of shipyards

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Yokosuka Shipyard
 横須賀造船所 Yokosuka zōsenjo
 Series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan
 Nihon meishō
 zue 日本名勝図会
 Artist Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
Kiyochika 清親
 Seal kiyo 清 [see above]
 Publication Date
December 1896
Matsuki Heikichi [proprietor of Daikokuya Heikichi] with Daihei seal
 松木平吉 大平
 [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - full size; not backed; light wrinkling throughout;  soiling
 Genre ukiyo-e; meisho-e
Number 13 in the series as marked in lower left margin.
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.6 x 23.5 cm) 
 H x W Image
 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (33.7 x 21.6 cm)
 Collections This Print
 National Diet Library 寄別1-9-2-5